"There Was Only One Person in the World for Whom I Was Heartbroken" - Shruti Haasan Confesses

Ranjit Rodricks , 22 May 2013
Shruti Haasan
Shruti Haasan

Shruti Haasan is the daughter of South Indian legendary actor Kamal Haasan and actress Sarika. She first appeared as a child actor in Kamal Haasan’s Hey Ram (2000) where she played Vallabhbhai Patel’s daughter. However, she started her acting career in Bollywood with Soham Shah’s Luck (2010) opposite Imran Khan.

Shruti went on to do South  films and also did Hindi films such as Madhur Bhandarkar’s serious-comedy Dil Toh Bachcha Hai Ji. This month, the actress-singer has two Hindi films releasing back-to-back on the same day  – Ramaiya Vastavaiya and D-Day.

In a free-wheeling interview with Vaalee Supreet, Shruti chats about her career, her parents separation, heartbreak and God.

Read on:

Shruti Haasan
Shruti Haasan
How has the journey been for Shruti Haasan, so far?
It’s been a kind of different journey. It is not a conventional journey of a star. I have never been a conventional person. My journey has taught me a lot. There has been success and failure and they both taught me a lot. It’s my journey and hopefully, will return more colors.
Did you always want to become an actress?
I always wanted to become actress, but I always thought I am too ugly to be an actress. I was always into sports, in the sun and always running around. I always thought heroines are so beautiful how will I ever be that beautiful? But I always wanted to be in the entertainment business. I always wanted to act, sing and be a part of it.
What made you sign Ramaiya Vastavaiya?
Actually there were lots of reasons. The first reason to be a part of it was to work with Prabhu Sir (Prabhudeva) and everyone knows about his work. The second reason was to work with Kumarji (Kumar Taurani) and the entire Tips team. I was really very excited about working with this team.
Shruti Haasan
Shruti Haasan

And your experience on working with Girish Taurani?
My experience with newcomer Girish Taurani was extremely wonderful. He is such a sweet person to work with. The whole Ramaiya Vastavaiya process was an enjoyable experience. I hope the audience enjoys the film as much as we did while making it.

This year you have two films releasing….
I am happy that both are polar opposite films. For me, both the characters are so different from each other. In a weird way, it is nice that both the films are coming out on the same day. It just shows the range of characters that I can play.

What was your reaction when your parents got separated?
They are only separated but they are still married. From the very young age, I have learnt to accept the people for what they are. And I have always looked up to my parents as individuals. I have always tried to look at life by others point of view. I didn’t care if they were together. I just want them to be happy.

Shruti Haasan
Shruti Haasan

But you found yourself heart-broken?
There was only one person in the world for whom I was heart broken. If a film doesn’t do well, you can do another film. If a song is not good,yYou can make another song. But when you chose somebody, you are at the mercy of that person’s love.

Do you feel independent now?
I was independent from the time I was a kid. I even used to say no to my mother’s help during my school home-work. I would always solve my problems my way. I love my family, but I am such a person who would like to sleep and wake up alone. May be this is the only reason why I am devastated at the idea of marriage (laughs).

Do you believe in God?
My father is an atheist. We never had a puja room in our house, but I would sneak out to church and temples very often. I get a lot of my answers from the faith that I have in God. I always feel there is some power looking after me.

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